Seth’s Land Run 100 Salsa Cutthroat – Jarrod Bunk

Seth’s Land Run 100 Salsa Cutthroat
Photos and words by Jarrod Bunk

Seth’s Cutthroat is a Testament to having one bike that can do a lot of things well.  Seth has raced the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, DK200, and completed Land Run 100 more than a few times, this bike was ridden 10,000 miles last year alone.  Local knowledge certainly paid off for him as I’m told he didn’t have to walk any of the hike-a-bike sections. It makes sense to see a 38c tire on a MTB then, especially with the notoriously muddy terrain that can take you from 30MPH to zero in a flash. Those Prototype 38c Vittoria Mud Tires were proven that day, from the loose slick climbs, to the bombing descents they never skipped a beat.  Last year was probably the worst year for mud, ever, and the Shimano Di2 drivetrain worked flawlessly, even when caked full.  

If you’re thinking about riding Land Run this year sign up is live – I know a few people from the Radavist will be there – and you can bet Seth will be there ready to rock as the cannon fires this year. What bike will you bring?

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  • I’ll be there, but with a frame bag to keep my bottles clean. Yikes!

    • Seth Wood

      A frame bag makes your bike hard to carry if it comes to that. Spent one year at Land Run carrying my Surly Krampus for miles with the bottom bracket up on my shoulder because there was nowhere to grasp my frame. The red dirt doesn’t taste so bad, but I have seen folks wrap their bottles tops in plastic with a rubber band to keep the cattle poo out.

      • breed007

        Yeah, DK 2015 was the first and last time I used a frame bag in a gravel race. Too hard to carry through mud.

        • AlTilleythebum

          Same. Never again.

          • Robert Franklin

            For my hikes at Land Run I found a half-bag with a jacket in it was easy to carry cross-style and easier on my bony shoulder than the top tube. It was like a pillow between my shoulder and the bike.

          • Yeah, that too. See above for my preferred method.

        • Why not carry it on your shoulders like a MTB portage? That’s what I’ve always done. Frees up a hand and makes it easy to scramble up the steep stuff. I’ve done it with a UL loaded bike too. I think people get hung up on carrying it like it’s a CX race and perhaps they haven’t carried it like a MTB before. I dunno. When it’s gotten too muddy to ride stuff in the past, that’s what I do. here’s an image from the web.
          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/90bff36aa57cd8b32f94e061b521fb6c8ecb596623666554fa9c9135eaa897d5.jpg

          • Ben Reed

            That’s basically what I did. But I walked a of couple miles in a muddy ditch and that was tricky to balance. Would rather have had one arm free to balance. Don’t think I’m in this pic, but here you go. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0e8930be74e6e4b6acedc321ded569f31f3b2760a330a7bd53fa366a4ca0f5f2.jpg

          • Totally. I would have put it up on the shoulders and spared caking more mud up on the tires. Our mud here in LA is like that on some roads. Your bike goes from weighing in the 20’s to the 40’s real quick if you don’t hop off immediately and portage it. I dunno, it’s all hindsight but that doesn’t look fun. haha.

            Technique is you grab the fork, grab the pedal and lift it up. That frees up one or two hands depending on your balance.

          • breed007

            I can confirm that it was not fun.

          • breed007
          • jtbadge

            Thanks for the trigger warning.

          • Ben Reed

            Were you in that race? I can’t remember.

          • jtbadge

            I wore myself out during the mud slog and quit halfway through.

      • Oh, trust me, I’ve done plenty of hike a biking with a frame pack. There are ways. ;-)

    • breed007

      I won’t go back there with gears. SS only.

    • Rafael Malmegrin

      In such muddy condition you’re better off wearing a hydration pack. Where I live all we get is that kind of sticky red mud, and even though I hate riding with a pack when I know it’ll be muddy I carry one.

      • If I’m carrying a camera on my back, then yes. If it’s in a bar bag or frame bag, I hate wearing backpacks.

    • Nathan Wayne Yarbrough

      It’s peanut butter though! Totally edible.

  • John B.

    Prolly a nice bike somewhere under all that mud.

  • breed007

    “Local knowledge certainly paid off for him as I’m told he didn’t have to walk any of the hike-a-bike sections.”

    I did LR in 2016. I don’t see how that’s possible. That mud was like peanut butter mixed with sand.

  • Daniel Smith

    I signed up! This will be my third year riding, but first year doing the full 100. Used a gravelking sk 40c tire last year on my hardtail mtb, and it’s definitely the way to go for mud clearance. Just hoping 2018 won’t be as cold as 2017…

  • shankshiv

    Only the double is open still …………….or running.

    • Keith Reed

      Naming a bike ride “run” can create a tinsey bit of confusion if you aren’t up on Oklahoma history…anyway, there are still some spots available for the 50 mile ride as of 1:30 Monday afternoon ;). PS, some of us oldtimers around here are thinking this dealeo is past due for a good old Oklahoma March snow storm. https://www.weather.gov/oun/climate-heavysnow

  • kasual

    Picture 12, just wow.

    • Along with #6, holy shit haha!

    • caliente

      new mud chainguide, i like it.

  • Ryan

    I’m planning to klunk the 50, seems the best defense to a historically muddy offense.

    • Yeh and dependent on how the course looks though no XXX road! Which is one less hike a bike.

      I have to complete the 100 this year fingers crossed no broken bike.

      • Ryan

        I’m going singlespeed regardless (all I own), but if the weather turns nasty the day before I’ll ditch the 26″ klunk idea for safety reasons as I’m not sure how the coaster brake would fare.

        • I definitely get that safety aspect. I didn’t even use my brakes for 90% of the ride last year, and my pads were 100% toast. The mud would just rest on the rotor/caliper and wore them down without use.

  • Robert Franklin

    I’m in. In 2016 I did the 50, and in 2017 I aimed for the 100 but dropped out at 50 because my brake pads were gone.

    For 2017 I’ll be on the RLT 9 Steel if it’s dry, the Spot Rallye single speed if it’s muddy, and a Cutthroat if I win the lottery. I test rode one last week and was impressed by the ride and clearance.

    • I know I’ll be running a much smaller tire than the 43c I ran last year for sure.

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